Women of MCC Committee Profiles

KERRI SPILLANE
Chair

Kerri has a strong background in Sales and Marketing from extensive experience in the Hospitality Industry for 12 years attached to Five Star Hotels across Australia. After Hospitality she joined the Advertising industry and worked for 13 years with Shop-A-Docket the market leader in supermarket docket advertising, distributing more than 86 million advertisements each week where she was the leading saleswoman in Australia, securing over $1 million in sales.

Having had her own company, SilverSpoon Services, offering contracting sales and marketing services to a range of clients and working in publishing and group buying, Kerri now works for Hardie Grant Media, one of Australia’s largest independent publishers of books and custom magazines.

Kerri loves all sport and is not only an MCC member; she is a member of the Essendon Football Club, Essendon Women's Network, the Victorian Racing Club and the Melbourne Racing Club. Other interests include Wining, Dining, Theatre and Movies with a collection including all the Oscar winners back to 1928.

Kerri has been a member of the WOMCC since its inception in 2005 and joined because of her passion for networking and meeting new people and to encourage sponsors to support the group’s aim and more women MCC members to enjoy the facilities of our wonderful club.

Kerri is very proud to be the third Chair of WOMCC following Clare Cannon.

JANE NATHAN
Founding Chair

Jane barracks for Melbourne and with Tony they have five demons of their own.

Jane has a business based on varied experiences in retailing with Myer Melbourne, teaching Physical Education and History, marketing organisations and local government as a Mayor of Hawthorn, 1990-1 and a Commissioner at Brimbank1994-97. Jane was a Mediator with the Small Business Commission and a marketing workshop leader with State Government Small Business.

Jane is respected for her commitment to communities; this was acknowledged with the awarding of a Centenary Medal for Distinctive Services to Local Government and in her selection as one of Boroondara’s 150 Significant People in 2004.

Jane is an Administrator Brimbank City Council, a Member of The MAV Councillor Conduct Panel, Chair, Chinese New Year United, President of Woodard’s Foundation, President of The Australian Population Institute and member Hawthorn Community Chest.

Jane was the first woman Committee Member of the Melbourne Cricket Club and was President of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association, where she was appointed one of three Life Fellows in May 2000 and awarded the prestigious Richard J Evans Award for Excellence 2014.

Jane was the driving force behind the establishment of WOMCC in 2005.

TONI BURBANK
Deputy Chair

Toni is married with three adult children, two sons and a daughter. All are members of the MCC and enjoy coming to both the cricket and the football. Toni and her husband Michael never miss a Melbourne match at the MCG. The whole family are all enthusiastic members of the Melbourne Football Club and are involved in volunteer work for the club.

Toni’s professional experience is in advertising with McCann Erickson, then in television as assistant to the Creative Director, and as a Production Assistant at Channel 9.

An avid sports player Toni has played golf since her teenage years. Toni is an active member of Metropolitan Golf Club where she has served on the Ladies Committee, the men’s and women’s Pennant Management Group and has been playing Pennant for over 30 years. Toni also plays bridge and tennis as a member of the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis club.

Toni spent over twenty years as a member of the Springfield Auxiliary raising money for The Australian Institute for the Blind. She is a Life Member of Old Girls Schools Challenge Golf Cup committee representing Firbank.

She is delighted to be an inaugural member of WOMCC Committee and enjoys supporting all the group’s events and encouraging wide networking amongst members.

SUELLYN WARD
Secretary

Suellyn has been a member of the MCC since 1985 when her brother transferred his Lady’s Ticket over to enable Suellyn to become a full member. Since then, Suellyn has enjoyed attending many wonderful sporting and entertainment events at the MCG with family and friends. Suellyn has played cricket at the local district level and has also been a keen tennis player.

During the 1990’s, Suellyn was a volunteer tour guide for the MCC Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum. This role enabled Suellyn to share her passion for sport, the MCG and the City of Melbourne with tourists from all over the world. At the time of becoming a volunteer tour guide, Suellyn was one of only two women who were guides.

During Suellyn’s professional career, she has worked in roles encompassing office & staff management as well as organising events for professional services firms, mining and financial organisations.

Suellyn is currently Chairperson of an industry association Diversity Group and also Chairperson of a Professional Administrator’s Group. Through these groups, Suellyn is able to influence the role of women in historically gender dominated industries.

Other interests include travel, the arts (particularly ballet) and food and wine appreciation.

Suellyn joined the WOMCC committee in December 2014 and is looking forward to working with the committee to foster the participation of women members in club events.

JACQUI MORARTY
Treasurer

Jacqui is an Occupational Therapist having completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy 20 years ago. She has specialised in the area of brain injury, both in acute and rehabilitation settings, before moving into management. Her degree has enabled her to work in a variety of settings including in London. Jacqui has completed a Masters of Occupational Therapy and has just enrolled in a Clinical Doctorate.

Jacqui is passionate Carlton supporter and has fond memories of attending games with her family. Jacqui regular attends Carlton matches and will also attend other matches with friends including all finals. Jacqui is excited to be joining the Women of the MCC after attending a number of functions. As a committee member Jacqui will encourage other women members to make the most of the MCC, especially the functions organised by the WOMCC

NICOLE HALL

Nicole is a passionate sports fan and attends as many events at the MCG as possible. She is a regular attendee at Essendon MCG matches, football finals and cricket in all its forms. Nicole enjoys the Boxing Day test and often takes advantage of the other benefits MCC membership provides including the Commonwealth Games and Bledisloe Cup. An avid Essendon supporter, she is also a member of the Essendon Football club and Women’s network.

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) from Monash University and is currently completing her Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Nicole works in an international consulting company as the Global Lead for Senior Executive Gender Diversity and Outsourcing Recruitment. Nicole is passionate about the career advancement of females and strives to ensure women network and take advantage of the opportunities afforded to them.

Nicole is also an active member of the VRC regularly attending race meetings at Flemington. She likes to keep fit, going to the theatre and enjoys learning about wine.

Nicole is delighted to have joined the Committee of WOMCC and is keen to be involved with the continued growth and development of the group. She is particularly enthusiastic about supporting development opportunities for women through various community projects.

LIZ CHAPLIN

Liz and her husband Brian live in Mentone and commute regularly to the MCG.

Liz trained at the Royal Children’s Hospital and retired from the Nursing Profession in 2007 after holding Charge Nurse Appointments in busy hospitals including St. Andrews Presbyterian Hospital East Melbourne, Hartwell and Waverley Private Hospitals.

During her time on the East Melbourne Group Inc. (EMG) committee as Convenor of Parks and Gardens, she represented the organisation on working Committees leading up to the Commonwealth Games for the Redevelopment of the MCG and for the Building of the William Barrack Railway Bridge over the Jolimont Railway train lines.

She enjoys playing Bridge regularly and most of all she enjoys her membership of the Melbourne Cricket Club and Melbourne Football Club attending cricket and football games and taking part in WOMCC planning and various activities.

Liz has been an MCC member for 27 years and was one of the first women to be inducted into the MCC as a full member. Her husband Brian is a guide with the MCC and all of the family are MCC and Melbourne Football Club members.

ELIZABETH SYLE

Elizabeth was born in Melbourne, which means she has sport in her blood.

After attending Ruyton Girls School, she completed a Bachelor and then a Masters of Education at Melbourne University and has taught locally in private schools in both Melbourne and Geelong for over twenty-five years, as well as teaching in London.

She was Head of Middle School (Years 7 – 9) in a Melbourne private school, where as well as her management and teaching roles, she enjoyed mentoring younger teachers and students. Elizabeth now works as a Casual Relief Teacher in both Private and Government Schools.

Elizabeth plays Competition Tennis weekly, social golf and is a regular gym participant. She has attended Wimbledon many times, follows the cricket and enjoys AFL football, attending games at MCC and Etihad Stadium for many additional matches, as well as those of her club – North Melbourne.

Her memberships include: MCC since 1983, North Melbourne Football Club, the Davis Cup Foundation, and the Federation Cup Foundation. Professionally she is a member of the Victorian Institute of Teaching and the Victorian Independent Education Union.

She is passionate about the development of young people and has been actively involved in the WOMCC initiative with young Sudanese women. She also tutors children who may be having difficulty at school and is a volunteer leader with a Girl Guide Group.

Outside of work and sport, Elizabeth enjoys travelling overseas each year, great food and wine, the theatre and movies and the networking and new friendships formed through the WOMCC.

JULIE DAVIS

Julie is a lawyer practising at the Victorian Bar. She specialises in land development and local government law and regularly appears before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal is its various jurisdictions. Julie is actively involved in Law Institute Committees in her area of interest.

Moving to Brighton from Gippsland as a teenager, Julie’s father chose St Kilda as the team for the family to support. She recalls attending games at Moorabbin, the then home ground, many years ago. Not to be one-eyed, she also has an interest in Geelong. She enjoys the summer visits to the MCG for the cricket and catching up with friends in the great facilities now available to members of the MCC.

Julie is a keen sailor and member of the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, previously a Director, Committee member and Rear Commodore. Julie has completed three Melbourne to Hobart yacht races (Westcoasters), notably in December 1998 with the only all female crew to have competed in this race, coming second overall. She competes in weekend races on the Bay and in the Women in Sailing Competition sponsored by the Sandringham Yacht Club.

Julie enjoys her involvement with Women of the MCC and the opportunities it provides to support women in sport, as well as encouraging women members to make the most of the MCC. She encourages all members and friends of members of the MCC to participate in the outstanding functions organised by Women of the MCC, and the profiling of women in sport. Julie’s other interests include bike riding, the Arts, and the Spring Racing Carnival.

MARGOT FOSTER

Margot Foster is a lawyer, Olympian and sports administrator.
Margot conducted her own legal firm for over 30 years and is presently the principal of two enterprises, a mediation practice and a sports consultancy.

Margot has successfully combined her legal career and sports background with many board roles from the local club to international organisations, with government and private appointments, including Australian Sports Commission, New Zealand Sports Commission, committees of the Australian Olympic Committee, Rowing Australia, Rowing Victoria, Australian University Sport, Gymnastics Australia, Vicsport, Melbourne University Boat Club, PLC School Council, Trinity College (University of Melbourne) Board of Management, National Parks Advisory Council and the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust among many others.

She is currently the Chairman of Vicsport, a director of VicHealth, a board member of the Olympians Club of Victoria and has assorted other roles.

In 2011 she received the Australian & New Zealand Sports Law Association’s Contribution to Sport Award for services to the law and sport. In 2015 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the administration and governance of sport, as an elite athlete and for support to women’s sport.

In her fitter days Margot won a bronze medal in rowing at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and a gold medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.

Margot became an MCC member in 2004, (her father not having the foresight to retain his ladies’ ticket!) and was delighted to join WOMCC in 2007.

MARY ANNE HARTLEY S.C.

Mary Anne joined the MCC when membership was opened to women in 1983 with a kind friend providing his ladies’ ticket for conversion to “provisional” membership.

She and her son and daughter, also MCC members, follow a long family tradition as Magpie supporters. They also love summer days at the cricket.

Mary Anne is a barrister and company director. Currently she is Deputy Chair of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. In recent years she served as an Essential Services Commissioner, a director of Melbourne Water, and the Port of Melbourne Corporation. She was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to governance and the law.

She has no sporting achievements to report, but loves playing social tennis.

SALLY CALLAN

Sally joined the WOMCC committee in February 2016.

She is a passionate blues supporter however enjoys seeing a great game no matter who the team!

The MCG has long been a meeting place for Sally and her 3 brothers and sister who are half blue and half cat! It has made for many great family days over the years, sharing the ups and downs of two powerhouse teams as well as the growing hospitality options at the MCG.

Sally’s fondest memories at the MCG are enjoying the colour of the Tiger army in the late 80’s with her Dad as well as seeing her daughter Lola run out with the South Melbourne Auskick team and kick a goal on grand final day in 2015 – amazing thrill!

Sally’s sporting interests extend to horse racing as a member of the VRC, tennis and rugby; a highlight seeing the state of origin light up the MCG green in 2015 and Michelle Payne’s epic Melbourne Cup victory.

Sally has worked in advertising in Melbourne for 18 years and currently works for JCDecaux, the French global leader in out of home advertising.

Sally has also worked with the Alfred Foundation, Kids Undercover and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art to extend the message of their very worthy work in this beautiful city she calls home.

She is proud to be an active member of the MCC community and is looking forward to working with the committee to continue to build a network of women members to promote the MCC.

TRACEY WARDILL

Dr Tracey Wardill is a Clinical Neuropsychologist. She runs a large private practice servicing public and private health providers across Melbourne and Gippsland.

Tracey has been a member of the MCC since the first intake of women in 1984. She has a long family history with the MCC. Her great, great uncle, Major Ben Wardill, was the longest serving Secretary of the Club and an Honorary Life Member. Her great grandfather was Secretary of the Club and the first batsman to make a first class century on the ground. Her grandfather was Captain of Melbourne in 1900 when they won their first premiership.

Given her family history, it is not surprising that Tracey is an avid Melbourne supporter and has a love of cricket.

Tracey is proud to continue her family's association with the club through her membership of the WOMCC Committee.

KIM BREWER

Kim Brewer is a passionate St Kilda member and supporter and spent many Saturday afternoons in her youth watching them play at Moorabbin. This passion continues today, however the scope of teams watched has expanded as her husband and young son follow Melbourne, which ensures she gets great value of her MCC membership – which she gained in 1993 – and she now spends many weekends at the MCG watching a multitude of AFL and cricket teams play!

Kim has worked in financial services throughout her career covering a variety of roles including Business Banking frontline, Marketing, Strategy, Technology and Project Management and she currently works at ANZ as Senior Strategy and Change Manager in Risk Services. Kim is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) where she gained her Masters in Applied Finance and Investment, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.

When she’s not working, chasing after her son or at the MCG, Kim is an avid Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) attendee, keen traveller (having slept on every continent), and also enjoys touring wineries to replenish the home wine collection.

Having attended many WOMCC events over the years, Kim is excited to now be part of the Committee.